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Meeting the Spiritual Needs of our Diverse Congregation

Shir Ami provides different styles of worship that help meet the spiritual needs of our congregation.  We gather every Friday night for a Shabbat service that features both traditional liturgy and contemporary music and poetry.

Most of our services begin at 7:30 p.m. and end between 8:30-8:45. Once per month we offer an earlier service at 6:30 p.m. that is oriented toward children and families, but truly reach all people. Rabbi Briskin shares an engaging sermon, a shorter d’var Torah (commentary on the weekly Torah portion) or a story almost every week.

Our extraordinary volunteer choir accompanies Cantor Kohlbrenner once per month; several times a year a group of our talented instrumentalists add musical depth and beauty to our Friday night worship for Shir Shabbat. Once a month we offer a Torah reading during our Friday night service. This enables members of our community who regularly come on Friday nights but are unable to join us regularly for Shabbat morning services (when Torah is traditionally read) to hear words of Torah. During this service in particular, we take the opportunity to celebrate members of our community with various honors during the Torah service.

Once per month we provide a Family Shabbat service, yet open and accessible to all. We utilize “Visual T’filah” (prayers and music projected onto a screen) and often the students in on our religious school participate. This service begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts just about one hour. Most months a pizza and pasta supper follows the service.

We hope that one or more of our options for Friday night services speak to you and that when you join us, you will feel uplifted and enriched.




Tue, January 25 2022 23 Sh'vat 5782